Akosita reveals Suva bullying and defends her stand
By ALFRED TUIKORO
NUKU’ALOFA-April 19, 2018: 8.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Former Sports and Internal Affairs Minister ‘Akosita Lavulavu has revealed that she was bullied to give up her seat at the recent Pacific Sports Ministers’ meeting in Suva, Fiji by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Cabinet Minister Tui ‘Uata.
And she has also revealed why she did not resign despite calls by PM Pohiva for her to step down.
She was sacked from Cabinet two weeks ago after PM Pohiva had asked for her to voluntarily resign.
Mrs Lavulavu, who was the only woman in Cabinet, said she was humiliated by what transpired in Suva, after her former Cabinet colleague ‘Uata demanded that he be Tonga’s official rep at the meeting of Sports Ministers.
She said in a statement that she had to keep face and gave in to the telephone instruction from PM Pohiva.
Mrs Lavulavu had attended the Suva meeting at Tonga’s Minister of Sports – a trip that was approved by Cabinet.
PM Pohiva’s reason for sacking Mrs Lavulavu was because of her court case, where her and her husband Etuate are charged with corruption charges.
But Mrs Lavulavu defended her stand not to resign and said she had not done anything wrong as a Minister and was not guilty until she is found guilty by the court.
The Vava’u Member of Parliament had been one of the most vocal MPs to support Hon Pohiva in Parliament.
She was one of the speakers who supported Pohiva as PM during the Prime Ministerial election earlier this year.
She is serving her second term in Parliament.
Hon ‘Uata on the other hand got a free sit into Parliament because he has been a close supporter of PM Pohiva and is a member of his circles of so called advisers.
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